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Our Values

These are the things we never want to say:

  • Let’s just have church and go home.
  • We’re better than you.
  • Don’t ask questions.
  • Bigger is better.
  • Christians don’t have problems.

These are the things we do want to say and let guide everything we do:

We before Me – because I may be good, but we are better.

Christ before Christianity – because following a person is different from fitting into an institution.

  • So we’ll make disciples, not just Christians (Matthew 28:19)
  • So we’ll remember everything flows from our relationship with Christ (John 15:4)
  • So we’ll make faith about our whole life, not just about an hour on Sunday (Romans 12:1)
  • So we’ll try not to do anything without Christ. (John 15:5)

Giving before Getting – because God came as a servant, not a consumer.

  • So we’ll fund ministry, rather than fundraise (2 Cor. 9:6-8)
  • So well discover and develop our ability (gifts) to serve others (1 Corinthians 12:7) [NLT]
  • So we’ll help everyone to be a minister, irrespective of gender (1 Peter 2:4-6)

Relationships before Religion – because relationships change people, rules don’t.

  • So we’ll accept people as they are, and love them while they get to know Jesus better.
  • So we’ll unite over the essentials and have liberty over the non-essentials (Romans 14:1) [The Message]
  • So we’ll stop pretending to be perfect and encourage authenticity (1 Corinthians 1:26-31) [The Message]

Clear before Complex – because we want the church to thrive after we’re gone.

  • So we’ll keep the structure simple, sustainable and sustaining.
  • So we’ll allow maximum resources to be used for creating community, making disciples and mission in the world.

We want people to experience these values whenever and wherever they meet a member of our church community.